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Sons of the Forest – How to use & command Kelvin the Companion

Discover the full potential of your new companion, Kelvin

Updated: Mar 6, 2023 3:42 pm
Sons of the Forest – How to use & command Kelvin the Companion

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Looking for how to use & command Kelvin the Companion in Sons of the Forest? Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered with another super easy guide. If you’re interested in even more additional help, check out how to get Virginia as a companion.

Kelvin is a non-playable companion (NPC) who serves as your helper in Sons of the Forest. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a helping hand building shelters, finding items, and getting wetsuits, so Kelvin comes in handy. The trick is to use commands.

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So, how do you use commands for this helpful companion? It’s not as simple as shouting orders into your microphone like you may do with friends in a multiplayer server, so continue reading to find out how it’s done.

How to use Kelvin in Sons of the Forest

First off, you’ll want to find Kelvin and rescue him immediately upon crash landing at the start of the game. You’ll be notified that he is in a downed state when you gain control of your character following the opening cutscene. All you have to do to go over and interact with him in order to bring him back to his feet following a few quick checks.

Kelvin is a comforting presence on an island full of mutant cannibals, and he’s very eager to help. Unfortunately, due to the crash, Kelvin is both deaf and mute. Be careful not to startle him, as he’ll run away. That’s pretty bad if he ends up fleeing your base.

This means that he cannot speak, and so you’ll have to command him in with various different actions.

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How to command Kelvin in Sons of the Forest

how to use command kelvin the companion in sons of the forest
Browsing through the menu on the notepad to decide on a command for Kelvin

What’s the easiest way to command a deaf and mute person? Using a pen and paper! He can still see, write, and read. Therefore, for the purpose of communicating with him and issuing orders, we will use written communication with the help of a notebook.

To use your companion in Sons of the Forest, you will need to issue him written instructions. Simply approach him, press “E”, and the menu will open.

From here you can issue him a series of commands.

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What commands does Kelvin have in Sons of the Forest?

The written commands available to guide Kelvin are as follows:

  • Take item/drop here/give to me.
  • Follow me.
  • Get (you choose what resource). For example: sticks, rocks, logs, fish, etc.
  • Build (fire/shelter/finish building shelter).
  • Stay here or stay hidden.
  • Take a break.
  • Clear (5, 10, or 20 meters). Kelvin will cut down trees and gather resources within the given radius.

So, as you can see, Kelvin is a resource-gathering/base-building machine. To balance this out, he isn’t much use in the combat department. He currently can’t be handed a weapon to use himself, but he will alert you of danger and point out any incoming enemies. This is why it’s important to order him to stay in a certain area or stay hidden while you take care of business, perhaps with the help of another companion such as Virginia.

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Do I need to feed Kelvin in Sons of the Forest?

If you’re worried that you’ll have to manage Kelvin’s hunger and thirst on top of your own, there’s no need to be. Kelvin is entirely self-sufficient and you don’t have to find additional food/drink for him.

Despite that, you definitely have to take measures to ensure he won’t die, as this will be permanent on your current save. You can revive companions in the event they are downed by an enemy. Furthermore, it would appear as if companions can’t die off-screen, so he’ll be safe if you stray too far apart.

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Sons of the Forest Kelvin companion : Final word

That’s all we’ve got on how to use and command Kelvin in Sons of the Forest. Hopefully we’ve answered all your questions regarding this delightful companion – who’s become a fan-favorite immediately on release.

Be sure to check out some of our other Sons of the Forest gaming guides in case there was anything else you needed help with.


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